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Feature Stories on Oregon.gov
Introduction
Oregon.gov attracts over 40 million visits annually, which means that it represents an excellent medium for notifying the public of state agencies' programs and services. If an agency wants to post a feature story on Oregon.gov, refer to the information below.
Feature Story Sample

 
What is a feature story?
A feature story is a brief story about a service or program that is both timely and of interest to the public. Unlike breaking news stories that may have a shelf life of a single day, a feature story contains more substantive information that can be posted on Oregon.gov for approximately one to two weeks.

 
Who can post a feature story?
The state executive branch (including state agencies, boards and commissions), the state legislative branch, and the state judicial branch can all submit feature stories for the Oregon.gov home page.

 
How often can an agency post a feature story to Oregon.gov?
Oregon.gov hosts five feature stories at a time. The State Web Information Publisher (SWIP) will approve each submission before it's posted. An agency can submit up to two feature stories per week.
 
 
What is the process for creating a feature story for Oregon.gov?
1.  Select a week for your feature story.
Go to the 2014 feature story calendar (pdf) to see if the week you want is available. DAS updates the calendar monthly. Contact the SWIP to reserve a week on the calendar. 
 
2.  Write your feature story.
Follow the feature story guidelines (pdf)  to write your feature story. Pay special attention to the amount of characters allowed for the heading, sub-heading, lead-in to the article, and the "more" link text. If you need an image or photo, contact the SWIP. 
 
3.  Submit your feature story to the State Web Information Publisher.
Once you've completed your story, e-mail it to your the SWIP for approval. Upon approval, the SWIP will e-mail you confirmation and the date that the feature story information is due.  
 
4.  When is the feature story due?
DAS publishes feature stories every Friday. They are due to the SWIP by Wednesday, close of business, prior to the Friday it will be published. If there's a holiday or furlough in the week, the feature story is due by Thursday, noon. Make sure to submit your story to the SWIP by the deadline. 


 
What happens if DAS has questions about a feature story?
The SWIP will review the content of the submitted feature stories and if there are any questions on the content, timing or tone of the story, she will contact the submitter.
 
Who is responsible to publish the feature stories to Oregon.gov?
The SWIP is responsible to post the approved feature stories to Oregon.gov.

 
Have a question or need more information?
Contact Linda Morrell, State Web Information Publisher, at (503) 378-5223, or via e-mail.